Hundreds of swimmers add their names to a lottery to compete in this race, but only 650 are selected. About 100 people who have swum the race previously were guaranteed a spot this year, leaving 500 spots open for close to 900 swimmers in the general lottery.
I have done a few open water swims in my lifetime, and it is one of my goals to do more of them. Even though I am competitively better at sprints—because of my previous training and body type—I love long distance swims. They let me get into a rhythm and I have time to experience the race and my body. They’re a mental challenge as much as a physical one.
I have never competed in a swimming race this long before. I have done three 5K races in my lifetime:
- Ocean City, MD when I was a junior in high school
- Kona, HI when I was a sophomore in college
- Hazelton, PA last August as an adult
But this race will be nearly a mile and a half longer than any of those races, and it took me weeks to fully physically recover from the race last August because I don’t think I put in enough pool time to prepare.
So now I have motivation to swim at least 3,000 yards two to three times per week (or more if I have the time and energy!).